Monday, January 16, 2017

happy basics (and the leggings subject)... outfit post

me:  black tunic-dress, jeggings, and boots - walmart, blue and gray necklace - antique store
rennie:  purple tunic - thrift, black leggings - khols, black robeez shoes -

simplicity makes me happy.  now that i'm being more picky about what i keep in my closet, it's important for me to have interchangeable items.  enter basic and neutral items to make my choices so-very easy!
i recently picked up this tunic and really have enjoyed wearing it so far.  it is very soft, lightweight, and even has pockets!  i like that i can wear my solid jeggings with it but also have fun with a patterned pair in the future.  

this brings me to an interesting subject: jeggings/leggings!  it is a much-debated subject in the modesty community and for a long time i've just avoided the subject (and wearing them) altogether.  but more recently i've been thinking on it along with asking my husband very particular questions about modesty.  i've come to the conclusion with his input and taking my own convictions into consideration that i still feel modest while wearing jeggings/leggings as long as certain criteria are met.  and it's actually quite simple:
if my shirt/tunic comes past my rear/hip/upper-thigh, i feel quite covered and modest.

one fashion inspiration to me is molly from "still being molly".  she's a young mom, a christian, and a fashion blogger.  while our styles differ slightly, she is never anything but adorably classy, modest, and lovely!  she has many outfits wearing leggings in what i feel to be a perfectly modest way (examples here, here, and here). 

do you have certain basic items in your closet the always come in handy?
what are your thoughts of jeggings/leggings?  how do you like to wear them?


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

heatless overnight curls tutorial

With new haircuts come new experiments in styling.  Most days I'm quite happy to have my hair straight (it's natural form), but other days I'm antsy for some curl.  I have used a curling iron several times and that works fine, but it's also nice to have a heatless, non-damaging option (especially since I'm not terribly fast with curling my short hair yet!).  This way I can wash/set my hair the evening before, go to sleep, and have fun hair the next day with very little work/time lost!
I thought I would share what has worked best for me so far!  This could work for longer hair as well and if you're familiar to the headband technique it should be quite easy!

First I wash my hair.  Right now I'm using Jason Dandruff Shampoo (had a flare-up with the dry winter weather) and conditioning with Apple Cider Vinegar diluted with water.  
One important step for me is letting my hair dry a bit before doing anything.  I don't have super thick hair, but I have a lot of it (if that makes sense!), so if I put it up wet it will be flat in bad places and poofy in others.  Not good!  So, I snuggle Rennie or eat a cookie while I wait.  :-D

Once my hair is slightly damp, I add a little bit of mousse (or styling product of choice!), brush, and then shake it a little bit so it isn't perfectly-straight.  I find that I have more volume the next day if I take care to lift my hair up away from my scalp (I always brush or blowdry my hair upside down).

This next step is the KEY to not having a helmet head after sleeping in a headband.  Instead of parting and brushing down my hair to put the headband on, I take the top section of hair and brush it forward.  I use a clip or barrett to hold it there while I put on the headband.

I place the headband over that top section of hair.  Then I unclip it and part it how I normally would.

Starting with a small section, I wrap my hair around the headband, adding a little more hair each time.

When one side is wrapped to the back, I do the same thing on the other side!

Once both sides are wrapped to the back, I just twist the longer hair around and around till it's entirely tucked inside and then use bobby pins to secure.

All done!!!

Time to sleep!  :-D

Important first step the next morning: make sure to drink some coffee!!!  This ensures your mind being able to focus and having enough energy to lift your hands to your hair.  ;-)

If I'm going to wear makeup, I usually put it on first and then all that's left is to remove the bobby pins and gentle pull my hair loose!

A little more mousse (sometimes, for that extra volume!), plus some teasing and hairspray (if I feel like it) and I'm done.

One of my favorite ways to style these curls/waves is to do a messy ponytail, leaving some hair loose.  It looks put-together while being practical for busy mom-days!  It is also a great option for the following day if I have to go a little longer without washing my hair.  ;-)

Hope this gives you some fun ideas!  If you try this, be sure to let me know how it turned out.


Friday, January 6, 2017

renniebird... sixteen months

about a week ago my girl turned sixteen months!  since her first birthday i haven't been super diligent with doing a monthly photo-shoot on the 28th, just randomly capturing new things and special moments.  this last month though i did take a few pictures on the exact day she turned a month older so i thought i would share them along with an update!

at sixteen months, serenity:

wears 2t and 3t clothing

came in at the 98th percentile at her last checkup (a couple of months ago)
weighs 31 pounds
wears size 5 diapers
LOVES baby signing time and the veggie tale theme song
has the prettiest singing voice... 
talks/sings to herself
signs/says please and thank you (still working on "excuse me")
knows over 20 words/signs (and many more that she uses occasionally)
still loves nursing 
is doing better and better with regular food
asks to brush her teeth almost daily
loves to wash her hands
helps mommy put laundry in the dryer and oma load the dishwasher
favorite words are "opa" (name for andrew's dad) and "up" (said to mommy constantly)
dances to music
counts "one, toooooo, tweeeee!" (it's a game right now)
identifies parts of the body, the nose being her favorite!
runs and climbs (on everything!)
colors with crayons (and only tries sticking them in her mouth half of the time)
is down to one nap a day
doesn't like to sit still YET:
gives the best hugs, kisses, and snuggles!